Micro:bit is a micro-controller similar to Arduino. It has some built-in sensors and leds.
Compare with Arduino.
Compare with Arduino.
On your computer or laptop you can code in the browser site editor or there is an app for Windows 10 computers.
The computer browser and app versions both have simulators so you can see the results of your code even if you don't have a micro:bit.
The free ipad app is here
Introduction to Micro:bit
Getting Started with Micro:bit
What About Micro:bit?
About - Micro:bit
Micro:bit Code Editor Home page
Features | micro:bit
The Micro:bit Pins
Ideas & Activities
Ideas | micro:bit
Teach | micro:bit
10 Simple Micro:bit activities - download the file
Code Club Micro:bit resources
Global Micro:bit challenge
Micro:mag - Magazine with lots of ideas for using Micro:bits including some inquiry challenges.
Inchworm robot - see video >>>
Micro:bit projects and tutorials
Using with Scratch and Swift
The Micro:bit code editor has a choice of two languages: a block code similar to Scratch or Tynker and Python. You can also program it with Swift, the ios programming language from withing the Swift Playgrounds app. There is a simulator built in to this app.
You can also connect your micro:bit to Scratch and use it to control Sprites, play games etc. The latest version of Scratch has built in Micro:bits code blocks. More on using Micro:bits with Scratch here.
Pairing your Micro:bit to an ipad.
The MicroMaqueen robot is controlled using a Micro:bit. You can also add a Micro:bit remote controller. Code using the MakeCode site or in Scratch.
Learning Developments (NZ ) - kits of 10 Micro:bits & battery cases & batteries $279.95 incl. GST, plus lots of other related items. $25.95 for single micro:bits. Set of 5 with battery pack, batteries & alligator leads $159.95.
The Learning Developments site is the cheapest I have found for the 10 packs (incl battery pack & batteries), single Micro:bits and switched battery packs and they are all genuine parts.
Phoenix Technology (NZ)
Ali Express - can be a cheap option but buyer beware
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